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Average state gas prices increase 1.2 cents
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Gas prices in Kansas saw a slight increase over the week at 1.2 cents per gallon, averaging $2.69 per gallon as of Monday, March 22. Those figures are from daily surveys of 1,329 stations across Kansas by Gas prices in Kansas are 25.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 80.2 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

In Barton County and neighboring Pawnee, Stafford, Ellsworth and Russell counties, the average price dropped a penny from last week to $2.66 for a gallon of regular unleaded. Rice County saw a 10-cent increase at $2.68 per gallon.

Other Kansas areas and their current gas prices:

Wichita- $2.59/g, down 0.3 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.59/g.
Topeka- $2.67/g, up 0.9 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.66/g.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Kansas is priced at $2.43/g while the most expensive is $3.25/g, a difference of 82.0 cents per gallon.

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 0.3 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.86/g this week. The national average is up 22.2 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 78.2 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

Historical gasoline prices in Kansas and the national average going back ten years:

March 22, 2020: $1.89/g (U.S. Average: $2.08/g)
March 22, 2019: $2.44/g (U.S. Average: $2.62/g)
March 22, 2018: $2.41/g (U.S. Average: $2.59/g)
March 22, 2017: $2.13/g (U.S. Average: $2.29/g)
March 22, 2016: $1.87/g (U.S. Average: $1.98/g)
March 22, 2015: $2.29/g (U.S. Average: $2.43/g)
March 22, 2014: $3.40/g (U.S. Average: $3.52/g)
March 22, 2013: $3.51/g (U.S. Average: $3.69/g)
March 22, 2012: $3.72/g (U.S. Average: $3.89/g)
March 22, 2011: $3.42/g (U.S. Average: $3.55/g)

“With oil prices finally sagging over the last week on inflation fears and worries about a surge in COVID-19 cases in Europe impacting oil demand, motorists filling their tanks may soon see a brief respite from rising gas prices,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “While gasoline demand last week rose to its highest level since the pandemic began, concerns that oil demand growth will stall with COVID-19 cases surging in Europe are eroding oil’s recent rise.”

De Haan added that while gas prices still rose in a majority of states last week, consumers may see some price decreases in the week or weeks ahead, even as U.S. gasoline demand continues to rally to the highest level since the pandemic started nearly a year ago.

“It’ll be a bumpy road the next few weeks as markets sort out the bearish and bullish factors,” said De Haan. “But I still believe prices will likely experience more upward momentum ahead of Memorial Day.”